I finally got Ati Radeon 9800 pro to work: for reference:
I have been trying for weeks to get the drivers working for my video card, having to settle with a generic VESA driver.
Ati's website released drivers about 10 days ago for the Radeon 9800 pro (and many others) for Linux.
You have to know what version of XFree86 you have, updating if needed.
I dowloaded the RPM they had and followed the instructions carefully.
A message popped up saying I had to compile a kernel module, but nicely enough it walked me through that as well.
I ran fglrxconfig, and lo and behold it freekin worked.
Just wanted to make it known there are NEW drivers for 9800 series etc that work!